Tag archives for Rwanda

This month National Geographic Traveler announced 2014′s must-see places in the annual Best of the World feature. From Argentina to Oz, the final lineup reflects what’s authentic, culturally rich, and sustainably minded. Discover what makes these destinations worthy of a visit—and how they ended up on the list.

“I need one of you to take a picture of me watching ‘Gorillas in the Mist’ amidst gorillas in the mist,” I announced to my trekking group. The Americans, who had all seen the 1988 docudrama starring Sigourney Weaver, immediately got the joke, which made finding a volunteer a cinch.

Molly Feltner is traveling through Africa, and got the chance to experience a model sustainable hotel in Rwanda. In my travels to various destinations in the developing world, I’ve often been disappointed by how some upscale resorts and hotels go out of their way to separate their businesses and guests from the local population. So…

Molly Feltner is traveling through Africa, and shares how one group found a sustainable solution to help the impoverished residents who live alongside Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. In Rwanda, conservationists have discovered that you can’t protect species like mountain gorillas without also looking after the people who live around their habitat. And in the area…

Friend of IT Molly Feltner is traveling through Africa, and just came face-to-face with mountain gorillas in Rwanda. I’ve witnessed cheetahs hunting gazelle in the Serengeti, spent hours watching monkeys play in the Amazon, and swam with wild dolphins off the coast of Brazil, but no wildlife experience I’ve had can compare to coming face-to-face…

It may not have appeared on many of our calendars, but yesterday was Africa Environment Day. To recognize the event, the South African Embassy hosted representatives from several African nations yesterday afternoon to discuss some of the initiatives their countries are working on to support sustainable environmental and economic development. After attending the session, I…

By: Ashley Thompson During Rwanda’s annual gorilla-naming ceremony (called Kwita Izina), officials decided to name one baby gorilla “Sacola,” namesake of a trust that owns and manages a new lodge in the Virunga heartland that aims to preserve the future of little Sacola and the region’s other 700+ mountain gorillas. The Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge, or…

Rwandan Rebound

After being devastated by its countrywide genocide in 1994 (documented in the subsequent film ten years later), Rwanda has since made a significant comeback. It has pushed aside its war-torn stereotypes (as best it can) and created a tourism industry that is steadily growing, thanks to the country’s first democratically elected president, Paul Kagame, and…